The town dates back to the mid-1800s. Breckenridge is fairly small in terms of permanent population but during both the skiing season and for other events the population grows a great deal. During the summer visitors come for other sports including fishing and hiking, and there is a film festival which takes place annually.
Breckenridge is a ski resort with a wide variety of accommodation. There are basic B&B properties as well as luxury hotels and chalets. There are hotels which are ‘ski-in, ski-out’ as well as properties which are located in the town. There are many advantages to choosing luxury option in Breckenridge including fine dining, hot tubs and private lounges.
The range of accommodation that is available means that it does not matter what the budget is for the skier and their family, there will be something to suit. Skiing is no longer considered to be the preserve of the rich. The larger hotels often have swimming pools on-site and family rooms which sleep up to 4 people.
It does not matter if the skier is a beginner or more experienced, there are slopes to suit all needs as well as lessons for those who want them. One school in the area has more than 600 instructors, all of which are professionals and lessons can be taken in groups or alone. One of the advantages of heading to Breckenridge is that it tends to be less busy than some of the more well-known resorts in Europe and it is somewhat overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Vail.
There are plenty of skiing competitions taking place in Breckenridge each year which is great for those who prefer to watch rather than take part. However, those that do want to take part will find that they can easily spend all day skiing.
The base area lifts are open each day from 8.30 am and do not shut until 4 pm. Details on the operating hours of the chairlifts on the mountain will vary according to weather conditions and other factors. This means that this information is generally reviewed each day and will be posted on signs in the base area.
Those who visit during January can get to see events such as the International Snow Sculpture Championships and there are plenty of classical concerts that visitors can attend as Breckenridge is home to the National Repertory Orchestra as well as its own Music Institute. In the summer there are art fairs which are great if you are looking for unique souvenirs to take home.
The nightlife of Breckenridge makes it one of the liveliest resorts. On Main Street alone there are more than 30 restaurants and bars where avid skiers can enjoy a quiet (or noisy!) drink. The type of bars that are available ranges from casual and comfortable to elegant and luxurious. Some of the bars have evening entertainment on most nights. Alternatively, a night at the theatre may be of interest and the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge is known for good quality productions of musicals and plays all year round.
When the skiing gets too much there are other attractions to visit. The Country Boy Mine is an authentic mine and the only one in the region and is a popular tourist attraction. Alternatively there are a number of day spas in Breckenridge where skiers can take the opportunity to relax and feel pampered.
It is important to remember that drink-skiing is frowned upon in the US and those who are considered to have had too much alcohol during the day will not be allowed to ski. If you have a skiing accident while inebriated your medical insurance will not be valid and you could find yourself paying a huge bill.